The Miami Marlins, known among Latinos as the team of the Americas, will have the opportunity to give some meaning to that phrase.
The reason? It is simple, the greatest closer in MLB history, Mariano Rivera.
Because the Miami Marlins will join a series of tribute games in Panama for Rivera's career.
The rumor that Mariano would be pitching at least one inning is true, sources closed to Mariano Rivera can reveal.
The rumor was growing like wildfire that the New York Yankees will be joining the game also. The players union and the government of that Central American nation are very happy that this game is going to take place in Panama, where the legendary closer is an idol and role model.
"It has long been my dream to bring the Yankees to play baseball in Panama,'' Rivera said in a statement.
"I grew up playing in Puerto Caimito, where I developed my passion for baseball and started my way to New York. I hope these series inspire other young people to follow their dreams. I am very grateful to the MLB, the players' union and the Marlins for helping me to make this idea a reality,'' Rivera added.
The games will be on 15 and 16 of March and will be held at Rod Carew Stadium. The capital city most likely will be full of baseball fans.
Rivera holds a record of five World Series with the Yankees. He is part of a golden generation at the New York Yankees with Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Livan Hernandez, the legendary "El Duque", and the only one still active from this generation until the end of 2014 season, Derek Jeter.
Rivera, won the Comeback of the Year award at last - and - in his final season, closed with a flourish in his performance in baseball by adding 44 saves in 64 innings, with an ERA of 2.11.
"The Yankees have been the creators of the idea, and we are pleased to be part of Mariano's game," Juan Martinez, Hispanic marketing manager of the Marlins said.
There were a few attempts to convince the Yankees closer to postpone his retirement, but he had already made the decision at the beginning of the season, which led to a series of tributes across the stages in which he has been presented.
In 19 seasons in the MLB, all with New York, Rivera finished with 652 saves - the all time leader and earned run average of 2.21.
His leaves the numbers and many memorable nights at the Yankee Stadium at the Bronx. This proves he's the best closer in MLB history.
In five years, Rivera will be on the ballot for the Hall Fame. There is no doubt among baseball experts he will be elected without discussion.
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